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23 Things You Didn't Know About HBO's Girls

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They’re entitled, overwrought, irreverent, and still our favorite dysfunctional young adults living it up/down in Brooklyn (and Iowa for Hannah in season four). In the past seasons of Girls, one of HBO's best TV series, we've spent some strange days indeed with Hannah, Jessa, Shosh, and Marnie.  

Hannah has given new depths to narcissism. Jessa has redefined rehab and elder care. Shosh has sped read ahead and finds the world at large lacking. And while she has found her voice, will Marnie ever find herself?  

As we ponder what and who these ladies will be wearing, swearing, and doing, here are some interesting and quirky behind the scenes facts about Lena Dunham's Girls, one of the best HBO original series and a good TV show for women, that shows girls can be a bit of a mess, but with the best intentions.

Upvote the most interesting facts you might not have known about HBO's Girls, and be sure to check out Lena Dunham's unique fashion sense as well.

  • Lena Dunham’s Film 'Tiny Furniture' Was The Blueprint For 'Girls'

    Photo: IFC Films
    Dunham self-financed the 2010 indie. Alex Karpovsky (Ray) and Jemima Kirke (Jessa) appeared in Tiny Furniture as a favor to Dunham. Dunham’s mom, artist Laurie Simmons, and sister Grace Dunham, also appeared in the film.
  • Sean Penn’s Brother, Michael, Is the Composer for Girls

    Whadya know... Sean Penn's older brother is a hugely talented, successful singer-songwriter, composer, and musician. Besides being in his own band (Doll Congress) Penn has produced for Aimee Mann, The Wallflowers, and Liz Phair. He also composes for the Showtime series Masters of Sex.
  • Charlie Disappeared Because Christopher Abbot Didn't Like The Show

    Photo: HBO
    After the end of season two Christopher Abbot who plays Charlie spoke openly about disapproving of the direction the show had taken. As a result of his differences with Dunham, he did not return for season three.
  • 'Tiny Furniture'’s Acclaim Caught The Attention Of Judd Apatow

    The film won Best Narrative Feature at South by Southwest and and Best First Screenplay at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards. Apatow (director of This Is 40Knocked UpThe 40-Year Old Virgin) approached Dunham about making the film into a series, which became Girls.